Saturday March 28 2020
Percassi: 'Bergamo never give up'

Atalanta President Antonio Percassi has revealed that Bergamo is going through an “incredible tragedy” due to the coronavirus outbreak. “You just want to cry”.

The Orobici patron has revealed eight cases among the people working for the club and admitted that he will always carry the images of “Military trucks lined up in front of the cemetery” with him.

“I’m experiencing this situation very badly, it’s an incredible tragedy,” he told RTL 102.5. “We have had eight cases among people working for Atalanta and it was a very sad and tough thing, but it’s also affecting young people.

“We are facing a real health bomb, a transparent enemy, it’s becoming a world war. The images of Military trucks lined up in front of the cemetery in Bergamo will remain forever in our hearts.”

He sent a message to the people of Bergamo, encourage them to keep going and “never give up”.

“We, as people, are used to fight and never give up. Bergamo must not give in. The people of Bergamo are a bit closed but very generous people and are used to fighting without ever giving up, even if it’s something that has never been seen or occurred before.

“I want to, even on the behalf of the club, give a hug to all those who are suffering and to give a big thank you to all the doctors and operators in the sector who are doing an incredible job.

“I have been to a hospital and when you are there, it seems like a bad dream, you just want to cry. Fortunately, these people exist, those who are working wonders.”

He has reached out to the fans of the Orobici, hoping that their “special bond” with the people and the achievements of La Dea will put a smile on their faces.

“Our bond with the city and with our fans is special. They are incredible, especially in times of extreme difficulty, there is a special synergy.

“I hope that what Atalanta has conquered in these years will nick a smile from the people who follow us in these difficulties.

“In recent years we have had an emotional growth. In June it will be 10 years since me and my family returned to Atalanta.

“It has been 10 years of growth, from promotion to Serie A to the nine consecutive seasons in the top-flight, from the Europa League to now being among the last eight in the Champions League.

“The most emotional was the qualification for the quarter-finals in the Champions League and the image of the team at the end of the match in Valencia, dedicating a historic win to Bergamo and the Bergamaschi.”

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